BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

PCI & PREDThese Grade 12 Business students from PCI are encouraged to utilize the PRED staff and PRED Co-Work space as an incubator for their new business ventures.

The young entrepreneurs who will be “seeded” with $1000 start-up capital are Bailey Janeczko with his Niche Auto Parts online store “Auto-Living”, and Megan Anderson & Allie MacDonald with their Upcycling business “Flawed”.
Flawed can be found on their existing Facebook page and on Instagram & Twitter @ FLAWEDWEAR.
Auto-Living will be launching online within the next couple weeks.
Stay tuned for more from these new Start-Ups.


PLACE MAKING IN PORTAGE
Ice Pond
Many of you have seen or used the Crescent Lake Skating Oval and Skating Path. It is a great way to get your daily exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. After all it could be -40! And the best part about it, is that it’s FREE.
Skating on the Crescent is a great example of Place Making in Portage la Prairie.

A Public Space is being used to it’s maximum potential, promoting a healthy lifestyle to those in the community. PRED, the PRRA, and numerous community members have been actively working to perfect the ice. We are very excited for the next few months. The possibilities are endless.
-Amanda-


SHOPPING LOCALLY
Buy Local
When you support local businesses in Portage la Prairie, more of your money stays close to home and stimulates our local economy.

Often, as a community, we worry too much about saving that five cents, and don’t focus enough on the fact that the things we need, and the things we drive an hour to Winnipeg to get, are in fact available right at our fingertips. We usually choose to do business where we perceive we are getting the best value for our time and money, but those perceptions may differ widely from reality.

Local retailers and distributers often carry higher quality goods than chain stores, creating more jobs for local producers. Up to 3.5 times more wealth is generated when you spend a dollar at a local business opposed to at a chain-store. Local businesses purchase goods from other local businesses, so in turn you aren’t just supporting one local business, but many. More local businesses = more GOOD, secure jobs.

Local, independent retailers are also willing to bring more higher quality, “specialty” products to their store and a wider variety of products aimed at the needs and wants of their customers. A multitude of small, locally owned shops provide a large variety of products that are hard to find at chain stores.

Where we shop, where we eat, and have fun makes our community home. These one-of-a-kind businesses are key to making our city unique. So please join me in supporting the local businesses in Portage la Prairie. Let’s keep our city alive.
-Amanda


EXPLORING PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE

Delta Beach, MB
Delta is a community located on the southern rim of Lake Manitoba in the Rural Municipality(RM) of Portage la Prairie. It encompasses Delta Marsh, the Delta Marsh Bird Observatory, Delta Beach, and the Delta Beach Campground.

Delta Marsh is a 18,000 hectare wildlife breeding and migration area and one of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. The marsh is abundant with songbirds and waterfowl as either breeding residents or seasonal migrants. In the Fall -or year round for First Nations people- the marsh serves as hunting grounds for sportspeople alike.

The Delta Field Station is located east of Delta Beach and was used from 1966-2011 to assist with research and teaching by the University of Manitoba. The Field Station was forced to close as a result of the 2011 flood that cause extensive damages to the building. I’d like to see this re-opened.  Like I said before, who doesn’t love to learn?

The Delta Marsh Bird Observatory(DMBO) is one of the largest bird banding stations in Canada. Hundreds of species of birds flock to the marsh each year, making it a bird watchers paradise. An average of 7,500 songbirds migrate to the marsh each year, making the DMBO the busiest monitoring station on the continent.

Delta Beach is a popular area for unsupervised summertime swimming by cottage folks and people from Portage and surrounding areas. On the shore of the beach is a small playground for children, walking paths,a viewing tower, interpretive trails, and 61 campsites for both seasonal and day use. The 2011 flood left the campsites scattered with debris and unusable. The RM has ongoing plans to redevelop the campsites, hopefully beginning mid 2015.

The lake front properties are home to approximately 200 cottages and homes, many of which were left uninhabitable following the record high water levels in 2011 and 2014, which forced many home and cottage owners to be evacuated. But the locals aren’t going anywhere! Many have chosen to rebuild, contrary to the advice of the government.

Just keep swimming.
-Amanda-

St. Ambroise, MB
Camping, fishing, birdwatching, and swimming all in one place. Yes, you read that correctly. St. Ambroise is a small town located 105 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg home to approximately 200 individuals. The majority of the population is of Aboriginal descent.

The St. Ambroise Provincial Park consists of a campground, beach, interpretive walking paths, and the Sioux Pass Marsh Boardwalk. The provincial park is just minutes north from the small town of St. Ambroise.

The campground -open from mid-May to mid-September- houses 122 campsites that are just steps from the water. The campground also has picnic areas, and a playground. Sewage disposal, and drinking water is available onsite; food and supplies are available at the General Store in St. Ambroise. There is an unsupervised public beach in the day-use area, a boat launch, and a more private swimming area adjacent to the campsites. The extreme flooding in the Spring of 2011 caused the campground facility to be closed. The day-use areas were re-opened in 2013. This is where the locals like to hang out day and night, and is the perfect place to watch the sunset.

The Sioux Pass Marsh Boardwalk is just south of the beach and allows hikers to experience the scenic wetland first hand. There is a viewing tower nearby that offers a stunning birds-eye view of the park. The park is home to a variety of birds, including the endangered Piping Plover.
The Saskatoon Berry Festival has been an annual festival in St. Ambroise for the past 15 years. The festival consists of a pancake breakfast showcasing the Saskatoon berry sauce, -Need i say more?- children’s activities, a prize bingo, cribbage tournament, slo-pitch tournament, a dessert-making contest, and a Saskatoon Social in the late evening, that features local aboriginal musicians.

St. Ambroise also hosts an annual Metis festival, showcasing local musicians and the St. Ambroise Youth Steppers. The festival holds a jigging competition, food, and the crowning of the Metis Festival Princess. If you like Metis fiddle music, you don’t want to miss out on this!
-Amanda-

Oakville, MB
I remember going to my Uncle’s house in Oakville when I was younger. He had a huge yard and my cousins and I would have so much fun playing tag, hide-and-seek, and busting holes in the knees of our grass stained pants. (Sorry Mom)

The small community of Oakville is located 27 miles west of Winnipeg and 12 miles east of Portage la Prairie at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 31. Oakville is located in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, and is home to approximately 1,000 individuals.
Oakville is known for it’s one of a kind restaurant Stooks, which attracts people from Portage and surrounding areas, and is a favourite of the locals. Situated 3 miles west of the Oakville Junction is The Little Red Barn, which sells locally grown and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables; locally produced jams, jellies, and condiments. -YUM!-

The Oakville Arena has been open since 1963, and has been home to world-famous NHL players Rick Blight and Arron Asham, as well as various Provincial Championship teams. The Arena has been home to the Oakville Seals since 1968, who were members of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League. With the help of volunteers, the Arena is still a place for minor hockey players to earn the values of teamwork, commitment, and community.

The rural areas of Oakville are home to many family farms and Hutterite colonies. Small town Manitoba at it’s finest!

Next time you’re out, be sure to stop in Oakville for some good food, homegrown fruits and veggies. You can thank me later..
-Amanda-